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International business faculty from community colleges discuss curriculum alignment at SDSU

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As part of an ongoing effort to advance curriculum alignment for International Business programs with industry needs, the Deputy Sector Navigator (DSN) for Global Trade and Logistics, Victor Castillo, convened a meeting with a collaborative of international business faculty from various community colleges in the region, referred to as the Knowledge Community.

The purpose of the meeting, which was hosted by San Diego State University's (SDSU) Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), was to discuss the findings and recommendations of the Global Trade & Logistics Employer Engagement Report and the Labor Market Gap Analysis commissioned by the DSN to identify skills needs and gaps within the industry.

The reports indicate that higher wage jobs within the industry typically require a four-year degree or higher. This led to a discussion of implementing a standardized curriculum across community colleges offering international business programs, to allow students a more convenient transfer to universities and continue a pathway for career advancement.

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